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This week’s set is 6020
Magic Shop was released in 1993 for the Dragon Masters. This tree workshop was for Majisto/Merlin. It contained various magical accessories including a spell scroll and glow in the dark magic wand.
The Magic Shop is quite a hidden gem for me personally. First of all, by the time magicians were introduced into the castle line, my interests were motivated more toward other genres like town and space (oh, those space sets from the 90s were fabulous!). However, I did manage to acquire this small magic shop and I have some unique qualities I'd like to mention.
First of all, the beard piece was one-of-a-kind at the time, as well as the blue minifig wardrobe. Interesting enough, my eyesight was ALWAYS drawn toward figures that had a tiny little pouch on their belt loop. That was always my favorite forestmen figure, and it pouch is replicated (for perhaps potion powder instead of coinage?) with this magician. Also, buyers are treated to a more realistic "woodland" style base, which gives the collection and the set piece stronger playability than say, the tiny cart that accompanied later wizards. Plus, this set was one of the first to include the *cough*
* mono-colored falcon.
Other set pieces of interest include the clear cup, ladder piece, flames, wand, and witchcraft scroll. This was the first set I ever saw with a clear cup [most prior cups bearing a gold/yellow tint]. The ladder piece was still pretty new at the time as well. The flames were completely innovative from what passed as fire before that point so snatching this set up for the new-wave design pieces was worth more than the set's standalone playability. The wand was glow-in-the-dark [following in the spooky footsteps of the previous line's glowing ghost] but still cool. Finally, any soft/flat tablets was always game in my book and I looked forward to each new invention (treasure map, scroll, money, etc.).
Good addition for Lego maniacs that didn't have enough money to buy the large castle sets but still wanted to add a wizard to the collection.
Fig design - 9.0 (for its time great, but could have used a black cape or backpack)
Set design - 9.5
Overall - 9.5